DONALD TRUMP says having access to the US’ vast nuclear arsenal is “very, very scary” – but admits he’d have no problem pushing the button.
In his first televised interview since entering the White House last Friday, the President said he was sure he’d do the “right thing” should the time come.
He described being given access to the codes for the catastrophic bombs as a “sobering” moment – but confessed the responsibility had not overly fazed him.
President Trump was quizzed on his ability to use America’s nuclear weapons during an interview with ABC’s David Muir.
“Right after the oath of office they gave you the nuclear codes – a sobering moment?” Mr Muir asked.
“When they explain what it represents and the kind of destruction that you’re talking about, it is a very sobering moment,” the president said.
“It’s very, very, very scary in a sense.”
As they continued the interview at the White House, Donald Trump was quick to point out the burden was not enough to warrant a sleepless night.
“I have confidence that I’ll do the right thing and the right job – but it is a very, very scary thing.”
In the wide-ranging conversation, Mr Trump also said he believed waterboarding, a form of torture, “absolutely worked” as he said the US should fight “fire with fire” in its efforts to defeat ISIS.
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